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The photo shows a Culiseta melanura mosquito preparing to feed on a blue jay. Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) is maintained in a cycle between Cs. melanura mosquitoes, and avian hosts, in freshwater hardwood swamps. Cs. melanura is not considered to be an important vector of EEEV to people, because it feeds almost exclusively on birds. Transmission to people requires another mosquito species to create a “bridge” between infected birds, and uninfected mammals, such as people, or horses. Most of the bridge species are within the Aedes, Coquillettidia, and Culex genera.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Creation Date: 2019
Photo Credit: The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
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